Miya Masaoka is a classically trained musician, composer and sound artist. Many of her works are large scale and have a specific element of temporality. She has created works for symphony, mixed choirs, multi-channel fixed media, telematic performances and designed interactive wearable textiles (LED KIMONO). She has composed pieces using spatialization and has mapped the behavior of plants, brain activity and insect movement to sound. She also has performed broadly on the koto using electronic signal processing and improvisation, and has performed and recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer and others.
She has received the Alpert Arts Award, the Doris Duke Artist Award, the Map Fund, the Fulbright, and residencies at Issue Project Room, Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle, Headlands, Harvestworks, Djerassi, Montalvo and the Electronic Music Foundation. Her performance art work has toured to V2 and Steim, and her interactive works have been exhibited at Siggraph, Japan and Ircam, Paris. Her music works have been performed by Bang On a Can, La Jolla Symphony, So Percussion, Either/Or. She was the keynote speaker at NIME, Brisbane. Her works have been performed and exhibited at the MCA Chicago, ICA, Philadelphia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Knockdown Center, New College, FL. She has taught at New York University and Bard College MFA.